Obama's text


Gary Hart gives The Book a thumbs-up, more or less.

Despite being new to the scene (although he did serve three terms in the Illinois State Senate), Obama casts himself in the role of a political veteran, using phrases like "the longer I served in Washington" (less than two years) and "the more time I spent on the Senate floor." But his particular upbringing gives him special insights into the transition of American politics in the 1960s and ’70s from debates over economic principles to a focus on culture and morality, and into the divisiveness, polarization and incivility that accompanied this transition.